Interview with Ankit Srivastava
Today you’ll come across a 22 year old guy, from India, who made a whooping 45 lakh ruppees last year with his music app La Musiqe. We asked some important questions to him and we are sure if you want to be an Entrepreneur or App Developer, you’ll get a good dose of motivation.
1. Introduce yourself, your age, your hometown, your qualifications.
I was born and brought up in Lucknow. My dad is a civil engineer and my mom is a housewife. My parents say ever since I was born I was always seeking out different ways of making money. Once I even planted coins in the lawn, expecting a “money” tree to grow from it. It never did.Now I am 23, and I graduated last year with a degree in Computer Science. I like traveling and I am into supercars.
For marketing the app, I did a lot of things and frankly it won’t be fair to sum it up in a few lines. it needs an article on itself, that’s I wrote an article on my website ,www.iamankitsrivastava.com
5. How much credit would you give to your studies in what you are now?
I was a very good observer all my academic life which has helped me a lot in reaching where I am. I mostly scored a full score in Mathematics and Computers,thanks to my parents. I went to Kota for 2 years and there I met Mr. Prakash Gupta who gave a lot of credit to those who solved mathematical problems by unconventional methods and by observations. He enhanced my skills of observation. I used to solve IIT level questions orally but I always sucked at remembering things. Without him my skills of observation might have easily been buried under the burden of the heavy syllabus.
The first plan is to integrate radio in the app, and provide the same service at affordable prices for other music players out there. We might even develop something like Shazam which is based on Audio fingerprinting. I have read in detail on how these things work. Apart from Sam who joined me recently, things tend to get slow since you have to do everything from designing, marketing and coding. It is very tough to find a good developer who is willing to work on equity and has worked on similar apps.
After we have implemented the radio in the app, I will try to strike a deal with the mobile phone brands on the basis of revenue sharing so that we can reach many millions of users at one go.
About finding investors, I am not totally sure yet. I spend a lot of time traveling. Last year I went on a 80 day trip outside India covering multiple countries. The reason I came back was because I had been in a road accident. I will have to find a balance between what I want from my personal life and the growth of the app. Although no doubt that investor money will help me a lot.